ashfall

noun

ash·​fall ˈash-ˌfȯl How to pronounce ashfall (audio)
: a deposit of volcanic ash

Examples of ashfall in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Twenty-two million people live in the volcano’s shadow, and its ashfalls and eruptions are dangerous enough to cancel schools and shut down airports. Timmy Broderick, Scientific American, 11 July 2023 The ashfall has become so significant that many activities at Yogjakarta have ceased due to the ash, including any air traffic in and out of the city's airport. Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 1 Nov. 2010 If an eruption were to occur, the primary hazards would be from volcanic ashfall and drifting ash clouds. Camille Fine, USA TODAY, 19 Apr. 2023 Knowing that an ashfall or eruption will happen is vital, and Gutiérrez’s work helps people prepare for earthquakes or smothering ash clouds. Timmy Broderick, Scientific American, 11 July 2023 See all Example Sentences for ashfall 

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Word History

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ashfall was in 1886

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“Ashfall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ashfall. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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